According to Het Laatse Nieuws, Glasgow Rangers are closing in on a deal to sign Ianis Hagi permanently.
The 21-year-old made the move to Ibrox in January on loan but the Gers have a €5m (£4.5m) purchase option if they wished to sign him permanently.
It has now been reported that the final details of the deal are being worked out and that his current employers, Belgian outfit Genk, will soon be €5m (£4.5m) richer.
In just a short amount of time, the attacking midfielder has already made an impact. Against Braga in the Europa League, he scored twice as the ‘Gers came from 2-0 down to win 3-2. All in all, he has three goals and two assists in 12 matches – not bad for a player who is yet to fully acclimatise to Scottish football.
This prospective signing could be huge for Steven Gerrard. So far during his time at Ibrox, he has mainly relied on older signings such as Allan McGregor and Jermaine Defoe. They can still perform at the top level, sure, but they are approaching the end of their careers
Hagi, though, is a player just starting out on his and he has already been linked with the likes of Real Madrid (Don Balon via The Sun), Lazio and Sevilla (AS via The Daily Record). Persuading him to make the move to Scotland shows that the ‘Gers still have important pulling power.
Will Hagi be at Rangers next season?
Signing Hagi could arguably be the club’s biggest coup since convincing to Mikel Arteta to sign on the dotted line in 2002. At the time, he had already made 53 appearances for PSG and was playing for Barcelona. The £6m fee was a rather large fee but the ‘Gers beat eight other major clubs to his signature.
Gerrard and Wilson will be hoping that Hagi can follow in the Spaniard’s footsteps.
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